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October 5, 2015

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Well, this week the news in Albuquerque is about hot air balloons. Yesterday was spectacular...hundreds and hundreds of balloons went up in bright blue sky. There is always an air of festivity. I was chatting with a friend who was doing a yard sale and around 11, all the people were back from balloon fiesta and in the mood to buy stuff. It was wonderful to feel her joy at clearing out. Motivated me to get on with it, so I have spent the day organizing and washing stuff for our yard sale next week end.

We had the neighbors over for dinner. David made his special salmon, Edward cooked spinach and amaranth and we had a lovely time chatting with the moms and sons. My neighborhood is very collegial, kinda like an old-time town. And today I have 3 dogs in the front yard and the walkers wanted to hear the stories of each of them. It amuses me that I am known as the dog lady.

Make sure to catch the amygdala class if you havenít yet taken it, it is one that will truly help you understand why we feel about life the way we do.. And you get the insiders' look at a topic that I will be presenting to a group of neuropsychologists this month up in Denver.

Donít forget about Radiant Scotland and Radiant Ireland. I am planning a little trip in the spring to Ireland and will be talking to the list about options.

And if anyone would like to volunteer for an administrative task that involves entering some data at Google sheets, can you write me at kathleen@radiantrecovery.com.

This class will begin Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Radiant Amygdala

A special class on brain function. Learn how your amygdala shapes your feelings and recovery. Learn how to transform fear, reactivity and doom into joyfulness. Once again, Kathleen will take a very complex topic and make it fun and easy to understand. This is a class I do only once a year. If you are interested in brain stuff and feelings, join us. If you want to learn why we do *joy dots*, come join us. It is always fun

This class will begin Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Please Signup and it will take you to the registration page:

Using Radiant Resources

A free orientation for those of you who are brand new and would like to find your way around all the things we offer in the community. One of our mentors will show you the ropes. Watch for the welcoming email with a link to join the Yahoo list we use as our classroom.

A number of you have asked me how the classes work. Check the class list page for more information on this. And please go read the questions and answers before you write to me. If you have trouble getting through the process, write the tech forum.

Be sure to visit our Radiant Recovery website and Community Forum regularly.



**Quote From Kathleen**

You don't have to work through your self-esteem and take care of feelings your whole life. You just do the food and the feelings will take are of themselves.


**Testimonial of the Week**

I remember when I first started this program reading on the forum from others about all of the changes they noticed. I also remember while reading them thinking, "I wonder if I will ever be able to post on the forum stating my changes." Well, as I am approaching my 5th month on step 6 I can write and state some changes I have noticed.

Right before I started I was fasting and praying for an answer to my misery, I was at my wits end, I had had enough. So I give all the glory to the lord for giving me an answer I was seeking.

I have come from being plagued with extreme panic attacks, muscle tension, muscle twitches, severe depression, thoughts that would terrorize me, inferiority complex. I also remember that each day was just a struggle to get through, and never ever being in the moment, and always looking back into the past. I remember lying in bed each night (sleep was foreign to me) worrying if I offended this person or that person. I would withdraw from everyone and isolate myself, I felt numb, if someone were talking to me I would pretend to be engaged in the conversation, but really wanted to go hide somewhere. There is a lot more, but Iím kinda drawing a blank right now, but to sum it all up I was in torment night and day with no end in sight.

I am now a calm person, I donít yell and scream and totally flip out on people out of nowhere. Iím not tense and panicky or anxious. This is huge for me because I was the most anxiety-ridden panicked person there was. I no longer feel the *blackness* and numbness that were once my constant companions. The depression is loosening its grip more and more each day (lately it seems to be at an accelerated rate), I feel some joy now, and I know this will only increase as I keep doing the food. I am now living in the moment, I am in real time. I am amazed at how clear and settled my mind is. My thoughts are no longer zipping around a hundred miles an hour, my mind is quiet and clear, and Iím not as forgetful. I no longer fall apart and flip out when things go wrong, I simply work out a solution to the problem and move on. Life is so much more easy now, it is not a struggle it once was.

I know I have a long way to go, and in the scope of things Iím pretty young in the program, but I have progressed light years in the past 8 months, I can only wonder how much better it's going to be in 8 more months. So to all of you people starting out, this program works, and please please please stick with it, and do exactly as Kathleen and the experienced ones tell you. Also, it is so true, how the changes are so subtle you donít even notice them. Over time you look back or read your first journal again, and think, "Oh wow, when did all this take place?"

On another note, I wanted to announce that my wife and I had our 6th child last week. A beautiful healthy little girl and I couldnít be prouder. Being balanced like I am lets me be able to experience this soooooo much better.



**Notes from the Forum **


Loving your outlook on things.

I put on weight steadily till end of step three. Then I steadied. Actually a useful experience, as it was like little body signposts as to why and wherefores for me... so I can use everything I have ever learnt ... and yes, no experience ever wasted, as Kathleen says as I have all my life and diet experiences behind me as well.

I arrived doing low carb, and in my case I ate too much brown, too much protein and everything else! LOL And the other amazing thing has been learning how much - for me - my beta endorphin ties in with all this and how a little movement helps with that part so much. Looking after my BE means I can listen for satisfied and content. (that last bit was a reminder to myself, btw, , having discussed movement in chat last week, LOL).

Speaking of which, have you thought of YLD? YLD chat is a great reinforcer to what we learn about ourselves. I do love the YLD book. One of those just written for me things.



**Radiant Recoveryģ Store**

ProDHA Eye Bottle Here is a testimony to the impact of your input. Last week one of our regular customers told us about a Nordic Naturals product she had tried. It is called ProDHA Eye. She said her ophthalmologist had recommended it for *dry eye* and it was having a huge impact for her. Kathleen read that email and asked me if I had sent in our Nordic order yet. I said, *No, I was doing it that afternoon.* Here is her response:

As I have gotten older, the issue of dry eye has become more of a problem. Living in New Mexico, which is DRY, DRY, makes it way worse. You know I LOVE Nordic products, let's give it a shot. I know it is a bit pricey, but when I think about how much I am spending on eye drops, this sounds way better.

Here is what Nordic Naturals says about it:

  • Added Zeaxanthin and FloraGLO Lutein for ultimate eye protection*

  • 93+% true triglyceride form for optimal absorption of essential omega-3s*

  • Promotes healthy eye moisture and tear production*

ProDHA Eyeģ combines concentrated omega-3 fish oil with key nutrients that have been shown to protect the eyes and support healthy vision.* The omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is more concentrated in eye tissue than in any other part of the body, and is vital to the structure and function of healthy eyes. By supporting healthy inflammatory levels, omega-3s can also help alleviate many common symptoms of eye discomfort such as dryness, pain, and redness.* FloraGLOģ Lutein with zeaxanthin has been added to further support the structures of the eye and provide protection against harmful ultraviolet blue light.* ProDHA Eye combines these key eye nutrients in one convenient formula.

Please send questions and suggestions. I love hearing from you and truly want to help you do your program better.


**Radiant Kitchen**

Here is another great recipe from the Radiant Recipes Cookbook.

Easy Egg and Oat One-Pan Breakfast

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. milk or yogurt
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste
Beat the eggs; stir in the milk or yogurt. Add oats, apple, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook like a pancake or scramble in an oiled skillet. Makes one serving.

Naomi's note: if you are a big one like me, you can eat this in addition to some other protein source or you could add some George Restore to the eggs to make up your 42 grams of protein!
For great program-friendly recipes, check out our Cookbook in the store and visit our online Radiant Recipes site.


**Radiant Your Last Diet**

It is always funny to me that out *diet* program just keeps getting more interesting. I love that we are so on the growing edge of making sense of what it really is that makes a difference. We are all bombarded every day with the newest solution, whether it be a new exercise or our biome or cortisol. We just talk about them, work with them and explore how to eat more vegetables (smile). If you are a YLD member and you havenít gotten to chat, come. They are getting more and more fun.

And it's funny, even if you are not concerned about losing weight, chat is sort of the heartbeat of the program.

If you would like to join us in YLD, come find us here


**Radiant Living**

This is where we talk *life stuff* - after the sugar, after the addiction, after the food is steady, how do we hold big feelings, how do we follow our dreams, how do we clear our clutter, refine our relationships and cope with losing our pets. The chat in Radiant Living flows from the people in them, so it is an incredible resource for you.

If you would like to join us in Radiant Living, come find us here


**What Life With Children Can Be Like**

Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D.

First of all, I would like you to read this note that Janie wrote to the parentsí list:

I'm sitting here contemplating all the wonderful things that have come about in my relationship with my teenagers because of this program. I'm filled with joy and wonder and I just had to share this with you all. My twins are 15 and sophomores in high school. Last Friday night they had a movie night at our house. There were 8 girls here. My husband made pizza with brown rice crust and various toppings. There was no soda, lol. Then later they popped some popcorn. My girls were laughing and giggling, having a good time. No fights, yelling, screaming or whatever. They laugh with me and include me in their stories and jokes. They are not embarrassed by their mom, lol.

Then last night they had a sleepover. There were 14 of them!! Some of them I picked up at school with the twins and they came home with us. I had two big plates of nachos for them, again no soda. For dinner they had pizza. We found this pizza place by us that actually has 100% whole wheat pizza crust. We ordered 5 pizzas with various toppings. They loved it. Again, I was joking and laughing with the girls. My girls happily included me. It was so fun. No arguing or anything.

Then this morning my twins made a big pan of scrambled eggs and bacon. There was whole grain toast and one of the other girls made french toast. There's not a drop of syrup to be found in my house, lol, so the twins gave them the all-fruit spread. No problem at all. The girls ate everything and then they cleaned up everything. Then slowly their parents came to pick them up. It was an amazing experience.

To be able to provide this for my girls is just such a blessing to me. Especially when I think back to when I was a teenager and all the fighting and yelling, screaming, tears etc. I see some of this with other parents. I am beyond thankful for this program. It just brings tears to my eyes. Happy Labor Day weekend. We moms sure know the meaning of that word, lol!


I think Janieís report pretty much sums up what I hear over and over and over about children on the program. We expect *terrible twos* but they just donít happen with program kids. We anticipate struggles and problems, coping with identity and tears and sibling rivalry and ADD and mood swings. That just does not happen with program children. We plan for the kinds of teen years that Janie remembers and I remember. Anger, moods, tears, drama, embarrassment with our parents, flouncing about.

When we start the program, we think, well maybe I can do this, but my family wonít ever buy in. But you know what, they will. They buy in when you are no longer ambivalent. And then something happens. We get RELATIONSHIP, connection, humor, respect, sibling adoration and value. Honestly. I am not making this up. I didnít know this when I started. I just thought I had nice kids, LOL. But now, what I see is that my kids were doing the program (albeit in a somewhat less refined manner), and that meant they were in balance. And NORMAL means kids like each other, like and respect their parents, do problem solving, serve as role models with their peers and generally rock.

School has just started. I am going to invite you to do something outrageous. Get your kids on the program. Get Little Sugar Addicts and learn the steps for kids. They are different (and way simpler) than your steps, LOL. And join the parentsí list. I want you to give your children this miracle. I want your children to have the kind of lives that Janieís kids have. Whew, doesnít that just give me shivers!!


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